2020.04.09 13:30

Vilnius begins testing all medical workers 2020.04.09 13:30

Vilnius City Municipality said on Thursday it will test all medics working in the Lithuanian capital.

The decision was taken in response to how quickly medical institutions become infection hotspots, according to the municipality's press release.

On Thursday, all medical workers at M. Marcinkevičius, Šv. Rokas and Vilkpėdė hospitals will be tested, followed by other institutions in the near future. The testing is open to all staff who are facing the risk of becoming infected.

“We understand the tension and risks experienced by the medics,” Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius is quoted in the press release. He also said that there are enough medical protective equipment to last until June 1.

“[I’m] happy that our repeated call to have all medics tested has finally been approved,” he added.

Santara Clinics in Vilnius are undergoing tests in-house, and therefore, “we have included other institutions,” said Šimašius.

The medics can register via the 1808 coronavirus hotline, where they will be directed to drive-in testing stations.